Montreal is a sports-loving city that fully embraces the grand prix when the event is in town. The track is located on a man-made island, the Ile Notre-Dame, in the middle of the St Lawrence river and is easily accessible by the underground metro system - it's a veritable model for sustainable city-centre racing.
The race is always action-packed because the narrow track has a lot in common with a street circuit - it's lined by unyielding concrete walls that instantly punish any mistake made by the drivers. Most races feature at least one appearance by the safety car.
If you're a Lewis Hamilton fan, then you should consider Montreal as must-visit grand prix. He scored his first Formula 1 victory at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and has won the last three consecutive races held in Montreal.
Away from the racing action, Canada's second city is a great place to visit. It is steeped in history, home to contemporary bars and cafes and has plenty of other events going on, such as music concerts and art festivals.
Along with Melbourne and Austin, Montreal is one of the outstanding venues of the season so far as Formula 1 folk are concerned - and you can experience it yourself when the race hits town on June 8-10 2018.
What to see
Great for a hike or mountain bike ride, the 750-foot peak is a favourite with locals and tourists for its views over downtown Montreal and various winding routes around the famous 700 acres of greenspace. From the top there's a great view of the St Lawrence river and downtown.
Need a break from the busy city? Head to this 190-acre public park, which includes a Chinese garden complete with artificial mountain, plus a Japanese garden and teahouse.
A glimpse into Canada's colonial history, this quarter-mile-square area dates back to 1605 and is packed with cultural significance. Some of the buildings date back to New France.
Here you can take in walking tours, and the small area means it is easy to stroll around at a comfortable pace while a local expert will provide the best insight into the area's rich history. Visitors often cite Old Montreal's resemblance to an old European conurbation, which makes this small corner of the city striking in comparison with the rest of the modern metropolis.
The 190-year-old basilica is truly one of the most magnificent sights in Montreal. From the outside its two towers, on either end of the front facade, stretch 200 feet upwards.
On the inside the floor, walls and ceiling all shine with a deep blue and gold finish. It costs $6 (about £3.50) to enter but what you will find is well worth the outlay. For those who want to hear more about the building's rich history, we recommend taking the 'And Then There Was Light' tour, which costs $10.
Rue St Paul
This mile-long strip of cobbled street is the oldest in Montreal and home to a vast array of shops and restaurants. Your stroll along the famed heart of Old Montreal will be lined with magnificent architecture and punctuated with landmarks such as the Bonsecours Market and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.
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Thomas Cook Sport Break Details
Ticket & 4-night hotel break from £749pp*
Your booking includes:
- A great choice of hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
- Weekend General Admission ticket
- Welcome bottle of wine in room
- Merchandise pack including bag, sun cream, poncho, pen, earplugs, ticket wallet and lanyard
- Service charges and taxes
Your booking doesn't include:
- Return circuit and airport transfers
- Thomas Cook Sport representatives (Thomas Cook Sport will provide an itinerary and contacts before departure, but there will not be a Thomas Cook Sport representative in resort)
Please note: Owing to the location of the track, public transport is the best option for race goers. The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is serviced by the Montreal subway system (STM) with the Jean-Drapeau metro situated at the track.
Optional Extras (at a fee):
- Upgraded ticket
Please note: all packages are subject to availability and confirmation at the time of booking
Where to stay
Les Suites Labelle
Perfectly placed for tourism on the edge of Downtown and Old Town, in a vibrant area offering great restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and boutiques.
Travelodge Hotel Montreal Centre
An ideal combination of convenience, comfort and cost, the Travelodge is the ideal location for exploring Montreal.
*pricing correct at time of press